The New Jersey Domestic Workers Bill of Rights is sponsored by Senator Richard J. Codey, Senator Loretta Weinberg, and Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake and backed by the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

The bill would include basic legal rights for New Jersey’s 50,000 domestic workers, many of whom are experiencing wage theft, denial of breaks, and lack of sick leave.

By introducing and passing this bill in New Jersey, the legislation will bring a solution to many issues that domestic workers face on a day-to-day basis, including:

Established contracts between an employer and domestic worker, documenting work hours, wages, and duties.

Elimination of the safety and health exclusion to ensure safe and secure workplaces.

A two week termination policy to ensure domestic workers are not fired without adequate notice.

Protections against threatening workers for their immigration status, as well as restrictions against retaliation from an employer when a worker asserts their rights.

Privacy and anti-trafficking protections to ensure workers are allowed freedom in their communication and private housing outside of work.

Paid rest periods and meal breaks after working a certain number of consecutive hours, as well as a clause that a worker is not required to work more than six days for the same employer without a rest period.

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Background

Domestic work is one of the most important and fastest growing jobs in the country, yet it is one of the most unprotected and vulnerable work excluded from basic labor rights and protections, many of whom are women of color and immigrants.

In New Jersey alone, domestic workers are subject to wage theft, unstable schedules, lack of access to basic workplace protections, benefits, and more. According to a 2020 Rutgers report:

  • 57% of New Jersey domestic workers surveyed were subject to wage theft
  • 18% reported schedules changing week to week
  • 54% of workers lack health insurance
  • 49% of workers lack paid vacation and sick days
  • 90% of workers don’t have a written contract to protect them
Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake

Working class families in New Jersey often struggle to provide food, shelter, and many other basic needs to their families, and many of these families are comprised of individuals who are employed as domestic workers. That is why this legislation is needed. The bill provides domestic workers with access to workplace protections, creates accountability, and ensures safety.

Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake

Campaign Updates
  • On June 16, 2021, Senator Richard J. Codey, Senator Loretta Weinberg, and Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake announced the introduction of the New Jersey Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in order for local domestic workers to receive protection, support, and safety in the workforce. Read the Press Release.
  • Are you an domestic worker employer in New Jersey? Our partners at Hand in Hand are organizing employers in support of this bill. Sign this petition and get involved.